Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen came to Alaska in 1987 to work for the Anchorage Times. She has reported for Reuters, for the Alaska Dispatch News, for Arctic Today and for other organizations. She covers environmental issues, energy, climate change, natural resources, economic and business news, health, science and Arctic concerns. In her free time, she likes to ski and watch her son's hockey games.

Juvenile Chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, are seen on July 12, 2006, swimming in the water in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Alaska. (Photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Fishers harvesting abundant Bristol Bay sockeye could fill knowledge gaps about declining Chinook

By: - June 5, 2023

In the Bristol Bay region, sockeye salmon runs have been booming while Chinook runs have dwindled. Now scientists are seeking to enlist fishing crews in the effort to find out why, as well as what can be done about the Chinook troubles. A community-focused program called Skipper Science is asking for Bristol Bay fishermen working […]

The landslide at Pretty Rocks, at about the halfway point of the Denali National Park road, is seen on May 5. The project to install a new bridge that will allow the road to reopen is challenging because of geologic and logistical complexities, which include ice-rich permafrost, a band of difficult clay and overall remoteness, The expected completion is now midsummer of 2026, pushed back from an earlier esimate of 2025. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

As three seasons of bridge work loom, Denali managers and tourist industry adjust

By: - June 3, 2023

By midsummer in 2026, visitors will likely be traveling over a sophisticated new bridge that clears a geologic hazard that has become a poster child of climate change in Alaska. Until then, the National Park Service and the tourism industry will be coping with three more years of shutdowns at about the halfway point of […]

A sign seen on Thursday in Anchorage's Jewel Lake, a popular summer swimming site, warns that there are no lifeguards on duty that day. Alaska's rate of drowning deaths continues to be high, a new state report says. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska’s rate of drownings, highest in nation, changed little in 6 years, state report says

By: - June 1, 2023

Alaska has the nation’s highest rate of drowning deaths, and the rate was consistently high over the past six years, according to a new state report. A Division of Public Health epidemiology bulletin released on Wednesday examines drowning deaths from 2016 to 2021 and found some patterns and common factors. The vast majority were unrelated […]

The Atwood Center at the Alaska Pacific University campus is seen on April 24. A U.S. Department of Labor grant of nearly $3 million will be used by APU to vastly expand the university's nursing program. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Pacific University poised to expand nursing program, thanks to U.S. Department of Labor grant

By: - June 1, 2023

A federal grant of nearly $3 million over five years will enable Alaska Pacific University to vastly expand its nursing-education programs, the university announced on Wednesday. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Labor, was one of 25 given to public-private partnerships across the nation to expand nursing training, APU said. While the entire nation […]

Two chum salmon show the distinctive stripes that emerge after they enter freshwater to spawn. Chum salmon are important to the diets of Indigenous residents of Western Alaska. (Photo provided by NOAA)

Disaster aid has arrived, but Western Alaska’s salmon and crab problems continue

By: - May 20, 2023

As $216 million in federal aid is flowing to help Alaskans cope with salmon and crab collapses over the past three years, conditions that caused some of the harvest failures persist. The Alaska congressional delegation announced on Friday that the U.S. Commerce Department released the disaster aid. The money is to go to harvesters, processors […]

Bags of heroin, some laced with the drug fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, Sept. 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Bills on drug crimes and confinement of offenders fall short in Alaska Legislature

By: - May 19, 2023

Two criminal-justice bills remain pending in the Alaska Legislature after Wednesday’s adjournment of the 2023 session, even though each passed one of the bodies. The first bill would reclassify drug-overdose deaths as second-degree murders instead of manslaughter cases. It passed the House on May 11 but failed to advance out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. […]

Ship Creek flows through downtown Anchorage on Feb. 14. A study by Alaska Community Action on Toxics found the PFAS contaminants knows as "forever chemicals" are in this and other much-used waterways in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Ship Creek's major source, like that in other areas, is likely airports, where PFAS-containing firefighting foams are used. A bill passed by the Alaska Legislature would ban the use of such foams by Jan. 1, with some exceptions. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska lawmakers approve ban on firefighting ‘forever chemicals’ and refrigerants phase-out

By: - May 18, 2023

The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill requiring the end of use of firefighting foams containing substances known as “forever chemicals” because of their resistance to any natural degradation. Those substances, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been generally used by airport fire departments. The PFAS bill requires a switch to alternative foams by […]

A collection of flavored vapor liquids, each bought for $1, are seen on Tuesday in the state Capitol. In the background is a closed-system vaping device that uses a different type of liquid packaging. The products were collected by Tim Lamkin, an aide to Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, sponsor of the bill that would tax electronic cigarette products and raise the legal age for purchase. Advocates of the bill argue that manufacturers deliberately target youth with candylike and fruity flavors like these. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Targeting youth vaping, Alaska Senate passes tax and age limits, sends bill to House

By: - May 17, 2023

The Alaska Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would impose the state’s first-ever tax on electronic cigarette products. Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, spoke during floor debate in favor of the measure, Senate Bill 89, on behalf of its sponsor, Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak. “It is an important public-health measure, Mr. President,” Kiehl said, […]

A vast expanse of Interior Alaska's boreal forest is seen on Sept. 19, 2022, from the Ski Land ski and snowboard area in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska House follows Senate to pass bill authorizing sale of carbon credits from state land

By: - May 16, 2023

The Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow the state to set up a system for using state land to sell carbon-offset credits. The House action amounted to final passage of the bill, which was approved the previous day by the state Senate. The measure, Senate Bill 48, authorizes the […]

The Interior boreal forest is seen on Sept. 20. 2022, from an overlook along the Parks Highway on the edge of Fairbanks. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Senate passes bill to create carbon credits for preserved forest land

By: - May 16, 2023

The Alaska Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would set up a system for selling credits by preserving forested Alaska land to offset carbon burned or released elsewhere. The carbon-offset credits bill would allow leases of up to 55 years in duration, with payments made to the state by businesses and other entities […]

The Yukon-Kuskokwim hub of Bethel is seen from the air on July 13, 2015. (Photo by Rachel Loehman/USGS Alaska Science Center)

COVID vaccination effective in protecting vulnerable Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, study says

By: - May 16, 2023

In southwestern Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, which has some of the nation’s worst water and sanitation service and most overcrowded housing, vaccines proved to be valuable safeguards against the worst ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.  The study, by experts from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. and the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Spruce and birch trees at the edge Stevens Pond on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus on Sept. 18, 2022. The trees and the pond are atop permafrost that is thawing; thaw has caused some trees to tilt. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska lawmakers consider using forested lands for money-making carbon credits

By: - May 13, 2023

Legislators are considering whether Alaska, one of places in the world most transformed by climate change, can be a solution by keeping habitat intact. That is the idea behind an initiative by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who has introduced and is championing two bills that would put Alaska on the path to what he describes as […]